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Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.97   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peru’s No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 It had a carbonated water taste to it (it’s like drinking soda), but it was very refreshing and it made me want to drink more. It did not have an awful finish. I placed a bottle of Premium Cristal in the freezer for 30 mins and it was rather good. My drinking mates had the same thoughts. Recommended ice cold.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
The aroma is vegetal with a corn malt and herbal quality. The appearance is pale gold with a medium head. The flavor is weak with a light sweetness and light bitterness. It would be better if it didn’t also have a vegetal quality. The palate is very thin. It seems a little off somehow.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Un-inspired, very thin with a slight honey feel to it. Mostly malts very little hops. its better than nothing

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
freekyp (1634) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Thin pale yellow with a quickly dissipating frothy white head, Cereveza Cristal has lively carbonation and an anemic grassy soapy flavor tempered with a very slight rise in hops at the finish. Its still better than a Coors light.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2006
There was very little aroma. The color was a pale yellow, with a thin white head. The flavor was curiously refreshing. It slightly sweet, but with a very smooth finish. It seems a bit too carbonated.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle: Pale lager, light malts and a touch of hops, not very exciting, nor should it, but it comes across thin and with a bit much adjunct. Some average bitterness and malt body, but the finish just carries on like a drunken sailor in a strip bar. Not that great, but if you’re stuck in the Cusco airport and this is all you have to drink, consider yourself lucky, this is better than most American macro-brew.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2006
First Peruvian brew... not impressive. Comparable to one step above American Macros. That’s it.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 10, 2006
Cerveza Cristal. Compact head, medium duration. Yellow color much pale and watery; limpid with light fizz. Cool but rather gaunt scent with grassy and malty notes, light dry scent. Nicely prickly taste with modest and light bitter; watery and nearly imperceptible alcohol and short final.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pour is a sickly looking yellow with a white foamy head. Aroma is soapy and sticky. Flavor is nothing just a lot of fizz in your mouth. Was not expecting much and that how i would classify this beer.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Appearance isn’t worth breaking down: swill yellow and swill large bubble head that didn’t last. The aroma was hard to pick up but not bad. The flavor was typical of swill type lagers from third world countries. Seemed to have a touch of citrus or something but then left the mouth feeling like a bunch of metal powder was chewed on. This is the most metallic beer I’ve had to date. Pass on by even if you need a Peru stamp in your beer passport.


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